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Paper Clips (2004)

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As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, and grows to include millions of others killed.

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Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab

Writer:

Joe Fab
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Bosley ... Himself
Casey Condra Casey Condra ... Himself
Cassie Crabtree Cassie Crabtree ... Herself
Rachel Gleitman Rachel Gleitman ... Herself
Mary Jane Higdon Mary Jane Higdon ... Herself
Linda Hooper Linda Hooper ... Herself
Bernard Igielski Bernard Igielski ... Himself
George Jacobs George Jacobs ... Himself
Sheila Levine Sheila Levine ... Herself
Sandra Roberts Sandra Roberts ... Herself
Peter Schroeder Peter Schroeder ... Himself
Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand ... Herself
Drew Shadrick Drew Shadrick ... Himself
Samuel Sitko Samuel Sitko ... Himself
David Smith David Smith ... Himself
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Storyline

Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee is the setting for this documentary about an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education. Struggling to grasp the concept of six-million Holocaust victims, the students decide to collect six-million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. The film details how the students met Holocaust survivors from around the world and how the experience transformed them and their community. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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It began as a lesson about prejudice... What happened next was a miracle

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Documentary | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

HBO Family: Paper Clips See more »

Filming Locations:

Whitwell, Tennessee, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,662, 27 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,095,118, 27 May 2005
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Samuel Sitko: Future generations will have to learn about the Holocaust from the textbooks. We are the eyewitnesses that can, to a certain degree, tell you what took place.
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References Uprising (2001) See more »

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Jubilee
Music: Traditional
Written by Charlie Barnett and Joe Fab
Performed by Alison Krauss, accompanied by Cheryl White and Andrea Zonn
Courtesy of MMB Music (BMI)
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A marvelous real life story about real small town people
25 December 2004 | by HymanShapiroSee all my reviews

I have seen this picture and it helps restore faith in human nature. It is a documentary about what started as an 8th grade project in a small town middle school,then developed a world wide appeal and the response was enormous. What made it more unusual is that there was not a single Jewish person living in this town.

The Principal, Vice Principal, teachers and parents learned as much as the students. And all of them seemed to learn that bigotry and hatred should have no place in a civilized society. And what starts as simply not knowing anything about a person, or if the person is different, such should not lead to stereotyping.

When the students met the Holocaust survivors, there was an immediate appreciation of life on the part of the children as well as their teachers and parents. The people in the film are real people, not actors. The location almost seems illogical, but the emotions are real and each viewer should bring a hankie.

This film should be part of every 8th grade curriculum.


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